If you looked at Friday’s qualifying results, you might think you have the lineup upside down at first glance, but that’s restrictor plate racing. A host of different names populate the top of the lineup, oh and a six-time champion.
The qualifying session was shortened to just one round because of the rain, and David Gilliland was fastest in the first session, so he will lead the field to the green flag from the pole Saturday night.
Out there qualifying we knew that anything could happen,” said Gilliland said who has three career poles all at plate tracks. “We are really looking forward to tomorrow. We are happy and excited but especially happy because of our special paint scheme on the car with Love’s Travel Shop to support our military and a lot of them have signed the hood. This is special and that just makes it that much more special with the camouflage paint scheme and the Fourth of July, so we are going to go enjoy it."
Reed Sorenson will start second, followed by Landon Cassell, Bobby Labonte and six –time champion Jimmie Johnson.
Kansas native Clint Bowyer was a part of a group of Toyotas that went out early in the session to try and put up a good lap, but the group could never get the momentum they wanted. Bowyer will start 34th.
“It clearly didn’t pan out,” said Bowyer’s teammate Brian Vickers who was also in that group and will start 30th. “ It was just so much going on out there and it’s a wonder we haven’t wadded a bunch of cars up, but I know it’s got to be exciting for the fans because I can tell you none of us drivers have any clue what’s about to happen. You’re kind of playing it by ear.”